I just finished reading all of the posts regarding “depletion
gilding” silver. I might like to start doing this as a routine part
of finishing my pieces.
I do have a concern and hope I can put it into words so my question
can be understood: I have always used Stop-Ox in my fabrication work
and almost never ever have firescale to contend with. One of the
posts I read says that underneath the fine silver layer is firestain
and sterling. Does that mean that when/if the layer of fine silver
finally wears through, the customer who bought the piece will have
the same product they would’ve had if you had just fabricated in a
manner that caused firestain which you never removed before offering
the piece for sale?
Could the layer of fine silver be expected to last almost
indefinitely on a pendant or would it be expected to wear through in
a year or so if the pendant was worn often?
I am trying to balance the advantages of bringing up the fine
silver, with the resulting better look, against the presumed
disadvantage of a piece which might eventually look worse than a
piece that is carefully fabricated under conditions which prevent or
remove firescale. What my question boils down to, I guess, is whether
or not the post was accurate that says that after repeating heating
and pickling you are left with a fine silver layer that has
firestain underneath it? Or is the fine silver layer just covering
sterling (with no firestain on it)?
J. S. (Sue) Ellington